Na wa o. Reports went round today that the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has cancelled the mandatory Easter break usually given by the Nigerian Government. The report also said he even ordered all schools to be opened during the break. The Governor who has ‘suffered’ in the hands of blackmailers recently however took to his Facebook page two hours ago to address the untrue report. He wrote;
Good Friday and Easter Monday are established public holidays, they are mandatory and are declared by the Federal Government. Pupils and students in Kaduna State will go on Easter Holiday and Good Friday and Easter Monday. It is falsehood and baseless blackmail to suggest that schools must end the second term before Easter. The school term is not a religious issue. The tendency to place a religious hue on everything is irresponsible. Pupils in Kaduna State will have their Easter break on the prescribed public holidays and return to school to conclude the second term. The curriculum is based on a 12-week term. The schools resumed for second term on 18 January and will complete the 12 weeks in April. Kaduna State will not curtail its school term to 10 weeks. Education cannot be abridged to appease prejudice.